Monday, January 4, 2016

$2.1b Arms Deal: EFCC Captures Top Military Officer | Metuh, Anenih To Be Grilled


The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has disclosed that he is yet to get an official invitation for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission. 

The ongoing investigation into the $2.1Billion arms deal scandal has taken another dimension as the agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a top military officer in connection to the deal. 

According to The Nation, the officer was a technical aide to a former National Security Adviser (NSA), the late Gen. Owoye Azazi and his successor, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.). 

A reliable source said: “The military officer was picked up in connection with the purchase of the arms because he was in charge of inventory and how each unit of the Armed Forces got its equipment. 

“The EFCC has invited the officer to verify the arms purchase and the delivery status. “This same officer related with many former and serving chiefs. There is no way he can be questioned without involving some of these officers in the military hierarchy. 

“The arms scandal is messy and many ranking officers were involved. This is causing anxiety in the military because if the detained officer opens up, the probe will lead to more revelations.” 

The detention of the officer is said to have created anxiety among military chiefs who were involved in arms procurement. 

“These anxious military officers and associates have had limited contact with the top chief in detention facility,” the source said, adding: 

“The latest dimension of the investigation shows that heads may roll in the military over these arms deals.” In the same vein, the nation’s anti-graft agency is about to commence investigation on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh for allegedly collecting N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). 

It was learnt that Olisa Metuh may likely be invited for interrogation. Also, it was gathered last night that the EFCC had invited a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, over the investigation. 

“I think we are inviting Anenih and a few bigwigs implicated in the arms deals by some of the accused persons. Some of them will need to explain how they came about the cash given to them and how to effect refund,” a source said. The officer is believed to have been detained in the last two weeks.

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